Carol Calabresa (District 15)

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Lake County Board Member


Mail: 18 North County Street, 10th Floor, Waukegan, IL 60085
Office phone: 847-362-3993
Cell phone: 847-502-3993
CCalabresa@lakecountyil.gov
Member Calabresa represents District 15 on the Lake County Board, which includes Libertyville and portions of Mundelein. She’s been on the board since 1986 and is currently serving as acting chair. 

Member Calabresa’s top priorities include fiscal responsibility, transparency and accountability, transportation, and balanced growth. She is also deeply committed to addressing the opioid crisis and improving access to mental healthcare. 

She is proud of the leadership role she has played over the last three decades in upholding the County’s fiscal stability, including approving balanced budgets each year and maintaining a AAA credit rating from both major credit agencies – the highest rating possible for more than 20 years. Lake County’s mission is to deliver exceptional, financially sustainable services, and we are able to do that because departments are implementing operational efficiencies, leveraging technology, and cutting costs by sharing government services.

Lake County prides itself as being a leader in public health, addressing substance abuse and the opioid crisis, along with improving access to mental and behavioral health services through the Lake County Mental Health Coalition. Carol has been a strong advocate of the Lake County Opioid Initiative since 2013, working with the county board and other partners to invest in these life-saving programs, such as Text-A-Tip, “A Way Out” and the Naloxone program. Last year, she helped secure additional funding for countywide Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training, which helps local law enforcement evaluate various mental health crisis incidents and this year.

Member Calabresa also serves on the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Community Policing Coordinating Council, which works to understand arrest trends and the drivers of the jail population and supports initiatives and programs that reduce recidivism. In addition, the council receives updates on data sharing efforts and programs. 

Carol also is proud of the County’s efforts to inform and engage the community. The County broadcasts/webcasts all its county board meetings, and posts audio recordings of all committee meetings. Residents can sign up for telephone townhall meetings, e-newsletters, as well as calendar event notifications, such as county board and committee meetings, at our award-winning website. 

Carol is a 40-year resident of Libertyville. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been married to Bill for 50 years and they have three children, Elizabeth, Kathryn and Vincent. They have four grandchildren.

Elected Offices


  • Lake County Board, Vice-Chairman (2012-present) and Member (1986-present)
  • Lake County Forest Preserves (1986-present, past President)

Present & Past Political Experience


  • Lake County Domestic Violence Council (1994-present)
  • Winchester House Advisory Board (2008)
  • Lake County Board of Health
  • Lake County Community Development Commission (1998-present)
  • Indian Creek Advisory Board
  • Stevenson House Advisory Board
  • Greenbelt Advisory Board
  • Safeplace Advisory Board
  • Stormwater Management Commission, Alternate
  • Lake County Board Rules Committee
  • Forest Preserves Land Preservation and Acquisition Committee
  • Forest Preserves Education, Cultural Resources and Public Information Committee
  • Libertyville Township Open Space District (1984-1986)
  • Past Chairman of U.S. Congressman Kirk's Environmental Advisory Committee
  • Former Conserve Lake County Board Member
  • Elawa ​Farm Board
  • Past Board of Director for Republicans for Environmental Protection

Education


  • Bachelor degree in Political Science, University of Wisconsin

Lake County Committees


Current


  • Law and Judicial, Vice-Chair
  • Health and Community Services
  • Ethics and Oversight
  • Rules
  • Ad Hoc Government Reform Implementation Committee

Previous


  • Financial and Administrative
  • Law and Judicial, Vice-Chair

Forest Preserve District Committees

  • Ethics
  • Planning
  • Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves, Voting member

Memberships & Other Public Service


  • Safe Place Advisory Board (1997-present)
  • Republican Precinct Committeeman (1990-present)
  • Junior Women's Club, Libertyville (1979-present)
  • Civic Center Foundation Member (1983-1984)
  • Friends of the Lake County Museum
  • Libertyville Civic Center Board
  • Rockland Family Association, Co-President
  • Libertyville High School Impact Fee Committee
  • Lake County Opioid Initiative (2013-Present)